Ontario Middle School cuts in-person Fridays for a 4-day schedule

Ontario Middle School. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ONTARIO – After a return to in-person instruction on Feb. 10 for Ontario Middle School’s 364 students, the Ontario School District has decided to move them to a four-day in-person schedule beginning April 9.

The change replaces a five-day schedule in which teachers were instructing students both in-person and online simultaneously. Now, that simultaneous instruction will continue Mondays through Thursdays, with Fridays becoming an online-only learning day for students to work on their own.

“That (teaching style) was an enormous workload for everybody,” said Lisa Longoria, Ontario Middle School principal. “It was interfering with the ability to have those one-on-one relationships and support.”

Fridays now will be a day when students and teachers will catch up not just with any . . .